Independence Day (July 2017)

This month I'm going to include edited parts of my #115 July 2016 article because the need for constant reminders of the importance of the 4th of July. If you don't care about history, patriotism, liberty, our heritage, the Constitution, our rights and freedoms, and being accountable and responsible for your own actions, you do have the freedom to choose not to continue reading this, which was given to you by those who bravely fought and died for that freedom.

This month we celebrate "Independence Day" on the "4th of July" to remember our "Founding Fathers" declaring our Independence from Great Britain. This is a good time to read this document and study the history surrounding it. I'm sure many were more concerned with the activities they planned for the 4th of July "Holiday" rather than the importance of the actual Declaration of Independence. The 4th of July, 1776 is the National Birthday of the United States of America, it is when our Forefathers signed the actual document to declare our independence.

I can't go into the complete time line history of this important document but there are a few points I'm going to make. The Declaration of Independence was signed almost a year after the American Revolutionary War began. The war officially began on April 19, 1775 and ended on September 3, 1783 more than eight years of war. Although there were many conflicts beforehand the war officially started with the battles of Lexington and Concord when the British went out from Boston with a secret agenda to confiscate, capture, and destroy the guns and ammunition of the local militias thus taking away the citizens ability to defend themselves and rebel against the British overlords. Of course this would then allow the British to take away more of the citizens rights and impose more rules, laws, and taxes without a way for the citizens to do much about it. A small group of militia men gathered in Lexington that resulted in the confusing "Shot Heard Around the World" that really started the conflict that escalated into total war.

The actual document does not use the term "Declaration of Independence" it states it's a Declaration of the Representatives of the United States of America. When you read the document you'll find in the indictment portion a long list of the King's "repeated injuries and usurpations against Americans' rights and liberties". Now as a declared Independent Sovereign Nation we could openly trade with other countries and request their help to fight the war, something we couldn't do without being an independent country. We all knew that France helped us during the war but did you know that Spain and the Dutch also helped us?

The Declaration of Independence was printed and distributed to every state then to the rest of the world. It influenced many other documents most importantly the Constitution of the United States. There were 56 signatories from the Continental Congress representing all 13 original colonies, now states. Can you name the 13 original states? Who are some of the prominent signers? Who was the youngest? Who was the oldest? Where was it signed and first read in public? Why is the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States still important for each of us to read, study, and understand? What do these documents really mean to you?

So for your next 4th of July celebration plan on doing more than partying and when you're watching the fireworks remember they represent the battles our true patriots fought to gain and retain our freedom and liberty, as well as the soldiers that still defend those rights today.

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